By Douglas Reeman
It truly is 1943, and Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando, is a survivor. younger, toughened and attempted within the hellish crucible of Burma, he labours, occasionally faltering, underneath the burden of culture, the fantastic history of his relatives, and the weight of his personal self-doubt.
For Blackwood, the horizon isn't the lip of the ditch visible by means of males of the Corps within the prior conflict, however the ramp of a touchdown craft smashing down into the ocean, and the fireplace of the enemy on a Sicilian seashore. right here, culture isn't sufficient, and Mike Blackwood needs to locate inside himself features of management with a view to motivate these Royal Marines who're once more the 1st to land, and one of the first to die.
This is the fourth novel within the Blackwood saga, spanning a hundred and fifty years within the historical past of an exceptional seafaring relations and the culture during which they served.
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Ermland Launched in 1939, Ermland was commissioned into the Kriegsmarine in September 1940. She was despatched to act as a supply tanker for the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, but was recalled when those warships were unable to break out into the Atlantic. From January to March 1941 she served them during Operation 'Berlin', a raiding cruise against Allied merchant shipping. Shortly after the conclusion of this mission Ermland was ordered to sea again to support the damaged Bismarck as she struggled to reach the safety of occupied France, but the tanker was recalled when the news of Bismarck's sinking was received.
Although many of these might not have been applicable to service on modern warships, the character-building element of these training cruises was undeniable. These ships did carry armament for training purposes, consisting of a small number of 2cm flak guns. At the outbreak of war they were relegated to more mundane tasks such as floating administrative offices or transport vessels. It is a testament to the soundness of their design and construction that all three are still in existence today, and two are still in seagoing service - albeit not in the service of their nation of origin.
A programme of construction resulted in the appearance in the late 1930s of three new sister ships of a new class of three-masted barques: the Albert Leo Schlageter, the Horst Wessel and the Gorch Fock. These beautiful ships were to be responsible for training a new generation of naval officer cadets in seamanship over the next few years, carrying out goodwill cruises to a number of foreign ports throughout the world. 46 Albert Leo Schlageter After the outbreak of war brought her sail training voyages to an end, Albert Leo Schlageter remained in port where she served as an administration ship - in effect, floating offices.